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Healthcare Scholarship: Wayne F. Placek Grant

This scholarship is aimed at graduate students who are affiliated with the educational arm of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research group. Others eligible to apply include doctoral-level researchers, as well as researchers in their early careers. The grant supports all behavioral and social science fields working on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues.

Scholarship Overview

The Wayne F. Placek grant assists with empirical research intended to help members of the general public understand overall homosexuality. The grants are funded by a bequest from Wayne Placek, who participated in the 1950 research headed by Dr. Evelyn Hooker. The bequest was created in 1995 and has provided over $1 million dollars for research into this topic.

The Wayne F. Placek Foundation is well aware of the emotional and psychological stress that members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities experience. This stress is related to their own acceptance of their sexuality, as well as the lack of acceptance from the public.

The Wayne F. Placek Foundation encourages doctoral researchers and graduate students pursuing empirical studies to apply for its grant. The following research topics are encouraged:

•Issues related to the families of both gays and lesbians.
•Workplace issues surrounding the acceptance of gays and lesbians in a professional setting.
•Attitudes of heterosexuals, especially when they are expressed as discrimination or prejudice, or in a violent manner.
•This grant is especially interested in scientific research of the various lesbian and gay subgroups that may not have been researched very much in the past.

Scholarship Requirements

Graduate students and doctoral researchers must be affiliated with a nonprofit research organization connected to an educational institution. Early career researchers may apply as well.

When a researcher or graduate student is awarded one of these grants, they must use them only to conduct research into any topic that can be related to bisexuals, gays or lesbians.

The research must lead to better education and understanding of these populations and the daily stress they experience as it relates to their sexuality. If a researcher proposes research into a lesbian, gay or bisexual subgroup that, in the past, has not been well researched or understood, the Wayne F. Placek foundation will be interested in funding this research.

Scholarship Deadline

Interested grant applicants must have their applications submitted by March 1, 2015 for the upcoming grant cycle. One application will be selected for funding.

Scholarship Amount

One grant winner receives $15,000, which is intended to fund research into every behavioral and social science field connected to bisexual, lesbian and gay issues.

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